Cartier love bracelet
The Cartier Love Bracelet was first brought to market in the late 1970s and has been a hot selling product ever since. Initially, only the rich could afford this beautiful jewelry but over the years Cartier have introduced a wide range of bracelets and now the prices are affordable for everyone. Starting as low as $30 they then proceed up the price chain to many thousand of dollars.
Most Cartier love bracelets are made from 18-carat gold in yellow, rose or white. Despite there being a full style range, the original screw design remains the most popular by far. There is a good reason for this as I will explain below.
It is based on the principle of the chastity belt which dates all the way back to the "Crusades." A chastity belt is simply a device that was fitted to protect a lady and maintain her chastity, especially when the knight was off on a crusade. The lady would wear this belt as a true sign of her dedication and faithfulness to her knight. If you are ever fortunate enough to visit the Italian city of Venice, you can see one of the original chastity belts in the Doge's Palace, one of the main tourist attractions in St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
Cartier have now modernised this ancient ritual by replacing the chastity belt with a top of the range designed bracelet and allowed the bracelet to be locked to the wrist with a golden screwdriver. The person who has given the bracelet then retains the key. So the principle of being faithful is central to the Cartier Love Bracelet.
Love and chastity or faithfulness are therefore the guiding principle behind the Cartier Love Bracelet. I believe it is a wonderful piece of jewelry and has a nice loving principle behind both its giving and receiving.
There are many style of love bracelets and cartier gold bracelet the entire product range style including bangles. buckle designs and they do an extensive ring range based on the same design. The original design however remains as the most popular choice for new wearers and I think that will remain the case for years to come.
Available in white, rose and yellow Gold they are now affordable for most people. Their platinum ranges are more expensive and of course add a diamond or two and the price increases a lot.
Like many products in the market place today, always watch out for fakes. All Cartier products come with a certificate of authentication and you should be absolutely sure that if you are buying a Cartier love bracelet, that you get the certificate along with the traditional red Carier box.
I have heard of quite a few people who have lost their screwdriver so put it somewhere safe. If lost it will impact on the value of your Cartier love bracelet. The bracelet can be opened with any screwdriver so don't worry it doesn't have to be a permanent fixture. What is also nice about getting this product is that for each one bought, Cartier make a donation to a charity. Trust me this makes a most wonderful gift.